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Films Screened In 1996

" Garbage that s what we handle Garbage!" After a great deal of hard boiled noir and spirited action on RKO s studio streets Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) a brutal big city cop spits these words out to his partner is confronted by his captain (Ed Begley) told he is at breaking point and transferred ... Read more
Schmid s exquisite graphic sense is highlighted m this playful exploration of alchemical themes. (ASJ) ... Read more
... ... Documentary filmmaker Vassili Silovic's candid exploration of various Orson Welles projects is a fascinating tribute to his idio­syncratic talents and was made possible with the co-operation of Oja Kodar. Welles longtime companion, erstwhile collaborator and cust­odian of the vaults ... Read more
... ... Lindsey Merrison's mother. Sally, is Anglo-Burmese. In this documentary Lindsey takes Sally and her brother Bill back to the sights and settings of their childhood in what is now Myanmar .However, Our Burmese Days does far more than indulge nostalgia or offer insights into the colonial ... Read more
... ... For a film on the then taboo of rape, Lupino's| Outrage opens breezily enough. It's book­keeper heroine Ann (Mala Powers) has a fiance, whose raise assures her happy integration into the life-style of her community, Ann's future seemingly predestined in scenes of family dinners ... Read more
True love never dies-not without a struggle anyway. A suicide pact goes horribly wrong. Hes got ten minutes to live and she's got ten minutes to think of a way to die.Poison, knives, hammers ,hat-pins, Drano and drowning death may well come to us all but it sure as hell comes easier to some than ... Read more
Parade, a choreographic work created in 1917 Cocteau, Massine, Picasso and Satie, mark decisive moment in Modern Art. ... Read more
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. the team behind the astonishing documentary Brother's Keeper (MIFF1992). have turned their lens on the American obsession with multiple murder Paradise Lost uncovers the kind of small-town nightmare that is the documentary film maker's dream. Their dark journey ... Read more
A high school biology class assumes another dimension when penguins colonise the teachers desk. The clay modelled penguins correct in detail and proportion emphasise an emerging role for animators and animation art in multimedia and the new age of information technology. (RP) ... Read more
... ... Pepolino and the Lost Treasure is pure family entertainment a fully animated musical feature based on the novel by Irene Rodrian. The film charts the adventures of young Pepolino who just wants to be a famous troubadour. His grandmother has different plans and insists he carry on the family ... Read more
Ex-pat Australian Francine McDougall explores an urban myth of porcine proportions. Nose pickers take heed. (TB) ... Read more
Made entirely of sequential silk screen prints Postal Exchange tells the story of letters passing between Russia and America and the postmen responsible for their delivery. (RP) ... Read more
Set to the filmmaker s idiosyncratic arrangement of Bach s Air on a G String this elegant and perfectly timed piece of animation reflects the influence of fine music on the human psyche and powers of imagination. (RP) ... Read more
... ... One of Don Siegel's best early efforts along with his other "numbered" films of the same year Riot in Cell Block 11 this taut noir shares with Riot the building ineluctable logic of an out of control event-two cops on the downward spiral of corruption betrayal and guilt. ... ... ... One ... Read more
"Set in Germany and New York in the thirties, it's about a puppeteer harassed by a Nazi spy. Cox doesn't waste the premise, but cleverly integrates live action and model animation in this strikingly ambitious black comedy that quotes from Metropolis and Caligari without being trite. Photographed in ... Read more
Who is she and why are they saying these terrible things about her? What did Queeny ever do to deserve this public approbation? Not that everyone dislikes her. but the Jury's still out if the 22 interviewees here are anything to go by. Queeny's moment of enigmatic revelation is amongst the most ... Read more
A creature s desperate search for water leads it through a range of surreal landscapes and false hopes Its search leads to regeneration where presumably the frustrating search resumes. Technically, a superbly crafted and beautifully photographed model animation which intensifies a simple 'lourney' ... Read more
... ... Australia's foremost documentary filmmaker Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly, have turned their unblinking gaze from the tribe, cultures of the PNG highlands (Black Harvest,. Leahy's Neighbours, First Contact) to tribes closer I home, the inner-city council around Leichhan (taking in Glebe ... Read more
Home movie documentary and abstract imagery combine to uncover the layers of truths of a family history that absorbs the viewer in this assured and elegant piece of filmmaking. (KH) ... Read more
... ... The Quay brothers puppet animation takes the viewer on a dream-like trip into their surreal world of unusual architectural forms, living skulls. psychedelic patterns and robots using tools. ... ... ... Stephen and Timothy Quay have made a variety of animated and live-action films, each ... Read more
... ... Using a major Avedon retrospective as a loose framing device, Helen Whitney's documentary is for admirers, a long overdue appraisal of almost fifty years of superb photo­graphy and, for initiates, a comprehensive introduction to one of the century's most innovative and influential ... Read more
... ... Tony Mahood's endearing first feature, set squarely in the inner suburbs of Melbourne,a gentle moral tale at odds with the temper of our times, but even more valuable for it. In his lost substantial role yet, Aden Young carries the film (he's in almost every scene), as the ambitious Ben, a ... Read more
... ... Jean Negulesco's potent melodrama opens with a credit sequence that introduces the titular setting and swings into high gear when gravel voiced Lily Stevens (Ida Lupino) arrives to sing torch songs at the dive owned by Jefty (Richard Widmark) and run by Pete (Cornel Wilde). Jefty is smitten ... Read more
... ... Isaac Asimov science-fiction writer and originator of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics discusses present (as of 1976) and future poss­ibilities of robots and robotics. The fascinating feature of this documentary is its revelation of how far the science of robotics has progressed since ... Read more
Submitted for your approval: the man in cardiac crisis is Mr Rod Serling—writer, producer and agent provocateur of a certain electronic medium he helped to create and which, by way of thanks, kindly ushered him out the door. Mr Rod Serling, who once remarked that he just wanted to be ... Read more
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